130: An Interview with Vivian Kirkfield

An Interview with Vivian Kirkfield

Becoming a Debut Picture Book Author in Your Second Act

January 4, 2019


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Vivian Kirkfield’s career path is paved with picture books. She shelved them at the library during her college years. She read them to her students when she taught kindergarten. And now, she writes them. She is the author of Pippa’s Passover Plate (Holiday House, February 2019); Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book (PomegranateKids, March 2019); Sweet Dreams, Sarah (Creston Books, May 2019); Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); and From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020). Vivian lives in the quaint New England village of Amherst, New Hampshire where the old stone library is her favorite hangout and her young grandson is her favorite board game partner. You can visit her website at Picture Books Help Kids Soar where she hosts the #50PreciousWords Writing Challenge.

We talk about:

  • Manuscript Wishlist
  • Pitmad
  • How to connect to the larger community
  • Most important things to do as new writer
  • What do you need
  • 4 Ps that you need to keep going when you don’t feel like moving forward

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Kelly Roberts
March 12, 2019

I like the podcasts and Vivian is another terrific guest with timely information to help new writers.

Evelyn Bookless
January 15, 2019

So lovely to listen to your story Vivian. You are a champion of kidlit writers everywhere. I feel lucky to "know" you and am inspired by your positive attitude. Talk soon!

Lauri Fortino
January 13, 2019

So nice to put a voice to the lovely face of Vivian Kirkfield! :) And so happy for her success!

January 7, 2019

Knowing that Vivian did what she did as a 64-72 yr. old has given me the confidence to keep revising and submitting manuscripts! You go girl!

Judy Rienzi
January 6, 2019

This interview was so timely. I am a new writer and am 64 years old. I am a registered nurse so I do not have any fiction writing experience. I am enjoying my new venture. It is nice to know others are starting new careers later as well. Thank you for this.

Thelma Kat Ferry
January 4, 2019

I'm really enjoyed listening to Vivian!

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